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Love Nature Gives Back: “Chasing The Rains” and more at Wildscreen Festival

Momentum is building for the natural history filmmaking industry to play a role in global conservation. Increasingly, producers and platforms are building conservation messages and sustainability practices into wildlife and nature content. A great example of this is a new social responsibility initiative from Love Nature, called Love Nature Gives Back. It launched earlier this …

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Netflix Dominates: 85% of “Minutes Watched”. All Other Streamers: 15%

Analysts LightShed Partners published a noteable pushback to the gloom surrounding Netflix‘s outlook. Remember that investors savaged Netflix, whose market cap has lost around two thirds of its its peak valuation. This tracker tells the story: Wall Street turned sour on Netflix for a cascade of factors including: Stalled subscriber growth. Questions about the quality …

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SMART CONTENT MATTERS: Celebrate at Congress ’22 in Glasgow, November 28 – December 1

After three long years, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is thrilled to come together to celebrate their 30th anniversary event. Congress ’22 will take place in Glasgow from November 28 to December 1, and is made possible with the generous support of host sponsor BBC Studios Productions and signature partners Screen Scotland …

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CHARLES III: New British Monarch is a Documentary Patron

Prior to his accession, HM Charles III was an active patron of documentaries. For example, between 2006 and 2008, HRH The Prince of Wales helped fund three films produced by André Singer and West Park Pictures: Stairway to Heaven (al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem). The Arch of Enlightenment (Seoul). Emperor Qinglong’s Lodge of Retirement (Forbidden City, Beijing) Each …

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TRUE ROYALTY: The Netflix for “super-engaged Royals fans”. A Podcast with CEO Gregor Angus (Republished)

Queen Elizabeth‘s passing reminded me of our 2019 coverage of TRUE ROYALTY, the ‘mega-niche’ streamer for “the 150M people worldwide who are Royal super-fans.” TRUE ROYALTY now carries a library of “450+ constantly-refreshed quality titles about Royalty today, around the world and throughout history.” First published, October 2019 TRUE ROYALTY is a London-based subscription video …

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Netflix & the Streamers. What do they want? What they pay! My Show & Tell Webinar with Keith Ochwat. September 15, 1pm/PT

How do you figure out what the streamers want? The volatility of the streaming ecosystem is hard to navigate. What was true a year ago has changed. You need to know how your film fits within the ever-evolving streaming world. WEBINAR I will be joining distribution expert, Show&Tell’s Keith Ochwat next Thursday for a special …

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New Trends in True Crime: Streamers are Changing the Game… What producers need to know! A podcast with Ed Hersh

Ed Hersh is a veteran channel executive who spent years at A&E, Court TV, and Investigation Discovery as one of the architects of their True Crime programming. He is my fellow New York-based, senior consultant, and has his own company now, StoryCentric, which advises networks and producers on their development, pitching and storytelling strategies, with a …

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True Crime Boom: Recent Releases Highlight What Producers Need to Consider (Part 2)

With Worst Roommate Ever, we continue our coverage of the True Crime genre in Part 2 of Camran Shealy’s snapshots survey of 20+ recently announced or released  projects. Read Part 1 here, including The Tinder Swindler and more. And here below is Part 2… My Podcast, Webinars + MIPCOM Workshop New Trends in True Crime: …

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